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  1. In many developing countries, including Ethiopia, few have the skills to use data for effective decision making in public health. To address this need, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

    Authors: Italia V Rolle, Irum Zaidi, Jennifer Scharff, Donna Jones, Aynalem Firew, Fikre Enquselassie, Ashenafi Negash, Negussie Deyessa, Getnet Mitike, Nadine Sunderland and Peter Nsubuga
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:292
  2. The availability of genetic and genomic resources for melon has increased significantly, but functional genomics resources are still limited for this crop. TILLING is a powerful reverse genetics approach that ...

    Authors: Mireia González, Meihong Xu, Cristina Esteras, Cristina Roig, Antonio J Monforte, Christelle Troadec, Marta Pujol, Fernando Nuez, Abdelhafid Bendahmane, Jordi Garcia-Mas and Belén Picó
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:289
  3. The advent of ChIP-seq technology has made the investigation of epigenetic regulatory networks a computationally tractable problem. Several groups have applied statistical computing methods to ChIP-seq dataset...

    Authors: Stephen A Hoang, Xiaojiang Xu and Stefan Bekiranov
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:288
  4. Beta thalassemia is the most frequent genetic disorder of haemoglobin synthesis in Pakistan. Recurrent transfusions lead to iron-overload manifested by increased serum Ferritin levels, for which chelation ther...

    Authors: Haris Riaz, Talha Riaz, Muhammad Ubaid Khan, Sina Aziz, Faizan Ullah, Anis Rehman, Qandeel Zafar and Abdul Nafey Kazi
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:287
  5. Brucella epididymoorchitis(BEO) is a focal complication of human brucellosis and has been reported in 2-20% of patients with brucellosis. Brucellosis is an endemic disease in Iran. The incidence of the disease...

    Authors: Narges Najafi, Roya Ghassemian, Ali R Davoody and Atefe Tayebi
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:286
  6. Engaging all health care providers in tuberculosis (TB) control has been incorporated as an essential component of World Health Organization's Stop TB Strategy and the Stop TB Partnership's global plan 2006-20...

    Authors: Solomon A Yimer, Carol-Holm Hansen and Gunnar A Bjune
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:285
  7. In intensive care, weaning is the term used for the process of withdrawal of mechanical ventilation to enable spontaneous breathing to be re-established. Inspiratory muscle weakness and deconditioning are comm...

    Authors: Lisa H Moodie, Julie C Reeve, Niki Vermeulen and Mark R Elkins
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:283
  8. Protein biomarker studies are currently hampered by a lack of measurement standards to demonstrate quality, reliability and comparability across multiple assay platforms. This is especially pertinent for immun...

    Authors: Susan Pang, Enamul S Ahsan, Hernan J Valdivia, Jesus Minguez and Carole A Foy
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:281
  9. Mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units - variable number of tandem repeats (MIRU-VNTR) genotyping is a powerful tool for unraveling clonally complex Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains and detection of ...

    Authors: Lydia Nabyonga, David P Kateete, Fred A Katabazi, Paul R Odong, Christopher C Whalen, Katherine R Dickman and Joloba L Moses
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:280
  10. Pleural tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis often requires invasive procedures such as pleural biopsy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the IS 6110 sequence ...

    Authors: Franciele Rosso, Candice T Michelon, Rosa D Sperhacke, Mirela Verza, Liliane Olival, Marcus B Conde, Renata L Guerra, Arnaldo Zaha and Maria LR Rossetti
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:279
  11. Sensitivity to cold (hiesho) is a serious health problem in Japan, yet it is minimally understood within Western cultures. The purpose of this study was to clarify the divergence between pregnant Japanese woman l...

    Authors: Sachiyo Nakamura, Sueli MT Ichisato, Shigeko Horiuchi, Taeko Mori and Masako Momoi
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:278
  12. Previous studies showed an inter-observer agreement for the NYHA classification of approximately 55%. The aim of this study was to calibrate the New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification system between ...

    Authors: Milton Severo, Rita Gaio, Patrícia Lourenço, Margarida Alvelos, Paulo Bettencourt and Ana Azevedo
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:276
  13. At first 32 housekeeping genes were analyzed in six randomly chosen meningiomas, brain and dura mater using geNorm, NormFinder, Bestkeeper-1 software and the comparative ΔCt method. Reference genes were ranked...

    Authors: Christina Pfister, Marcos S Tatabiga and Florian Roser
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:275
  14. Acute surgery in the management of malignant colonic obstruction is associated with high morbidity and mortality. The use of self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) is an alternative method of decompressing colonic...

    Authors: Mattias Lepsenyi, Stefan Santen, Ingvar Syk, Jörgen Nielsen, Artur Nemeth, Ervin Toth and Henrik Thorlacius
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:274
  15. Anthrax has almost disappeared from mainland Europe, except for the Mediterranean region where cases are still reported. In Central and South Italy, anthrax is enzootic, but in the North there are currently no...

    Authors: Giuliano Garofolo, Luigina Serrecchia, Michela Corrò and Antonio Fasanella
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:273
  16. Metabolomics is a rapidly developing functional genomic tool that has a wide range of applications in diverse fields in biology and medicine. However, unlike transcriptomics and proteomics there is currently n...

    Authors: Julian L Griffin, Helen J Atherton, Christoph Steinbeck and Reza M Salek
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:272
  17. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether selenium levels differ between type 2 diabetic subjects with and without coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Authors: Alexios Sotiropoulos, Stavroula A Papadodima, Athanasia K Papazafiropoulou, Aggelos Ioannidis, Athanasia Kokkinari, Ourania Apostolou, Chara A Spiliopoulou and Sotirios Athanaselis
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:270
  18. Tuberculosis is a major health problem in São Paulo, Brazil, which is the most populous and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America. To characterize the genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosi...

    Authors: Natália H Mendes, Fernando AF Melo, Adolfo CB Santos, José RC Pandolfi, Elisabete A Almeida, Rosilene F Cardoso, Henri Berghs, Suzana David, Faber K Johansen, Lívia G Espanha, Sergio RA Leite and Clarice QF Leite
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:269
  19. In 2009, an outbreak of dengue caused high fatality in Sri Lanka. We conducted 5 autopsies of clinically suspected myocarditis cases at the General Hospital, Peradeniya to describe the histopathology of the he...

    Authors: Kosala GAD Weerakoon, Senanayake AM Kularatne, Deepthika H Edussuriya, Sarachchandra KA Kodikara, Laxman PG Gunatilake, Vasanti G Pinto, Ashoka B Seneviratne and Sunethra Gunasena
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:268
  20. In oral implantology, there is no consensus on the most appropriate regimen for antibiotics prescribing, the decision to prescribe antibiotic is usually based on procedure, patient and clinician related factor...

    Authors: Ashraf E AbuKaraky, Khaldoon Abu Afifeh, Adel A Khatib, Nadiajda O Khdairi, Hanan M Habarneh, Waleed KH Ahmad, Ahmad AS Hamdan and Faleh A Sawair
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:266
  21. Obtaining transcripts of homologs of closely related organisms and retrieving the reconstructed exon-intron patterns of the genes is a very important process during the analysis of the evolution of a protein f...

    Authors: Klas Hatje, Oliver Keller, Björn Hammesfahr, Holger Pillmann, Stephan Waack and Martin Kollmar
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:265
  22. The database of sugarcane expressed sequence tags (EST) offers a great opportunity for developing molecular markers that are directly associated with important agronomic traits. The development of new EST-SSR ...

    Authors: Thiago G Marconi, Estela A Costa, Hercília RCAN Miranda, Melina C Mancini, Cláudio B Cardoso-Silva, Karine M Oliveira, Luciana R Pinto, Marcelo Mollinari, Antônio AF Garcia and Anete P Souza
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:264
  23. Chloroquine (CQ) is utilized as both cure and prophylaxis to Plasmodium infection. In animal studies, CQ administration to experimental animals is via intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of a single dose that varies...

    Authors: Matthew D Lewis, Johannes Pfeil and Ann-Kristin Mueller
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:262
  24. The elongation phase, like other steps of transcription by RNA Polymerase II, is subject to regulation. The positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) complex allows for the transition of mRNA synthes...

    Authors: Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Wendong Yu and Andrew P Rice
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:260
  25. Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a method to assess the function of the autonomic nervous system. Brainstem nuclei that influence HRV are affected by vacuolar changes and accumulation of disease-associ...

    Authors: Timm Konold, Gemma E Bone and Marion M Simmons
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:259
  26. In medical education, feedback from students' is essential in course evaluation and development. Students at Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka complete a five year medical curriculum compri...

    Authors: Priyanga Ranasinghe, Sashimali A Wickramasinghe, Ruwan Wickramasinghe, Asela Olupeliyawa and Indika Karunathilaka
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:256
  27. Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Rmi) a major cattle ectoparasite and tick borne disease vector, impacts on animal welfare and industry productivity. In arthropod research there is an absence of a complete Ch...

    Authors: Paula M Moolhuijzen, Ala E Lew-Tabor, Jess A T Morgan, Manuel Rodriguez Valle, Daniel G Peterson, Scot E Dowd, Felix D Guerrero, Matthew I Bellgard and Rudi Appels
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:254
  28. Several lines of evidence suggest a possible functional role of Matrix metalloproteinase -2 (MMP-2) in obesity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of MMP-2 promoter polymorphisms in percentage body...

    Authors: Angharad R Morgan, Dug Yeo Han, John MD Thompson, Edwin A Mitchell and Lynnette R Ferguson
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:253
  29. There is limited high-quality research investigating the efficacy of palliative radiation (PPR) with regard to symptoms and quality of life (QOL) among cancer patients with pelvic soft tissue tumors. As a resu...

    Authors: Marte G Cameron, Christian Kersten, Rene van Helvoirt, Gudrun Rohde, Sophie D Fosså and Ingvild Vistad
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:252
  30. Some oral antihyperglycemic agents may increase risk of hypoglycemia and thereby reduce patient quality of life. Our objective was to assess the impact of the severity and frequency of self-reported hypoglycem...

    Authors: Elizabeth Marrett, Larry Radican, Michael J Davies and Qiaoyi Zhang
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:251
  31. Globally, the role of universities as providers of research education in addition to leading in main - stream research is gaining more importance with demand for evidence based practices. This paper describes ...

    Authors: Loraine Oriokot, William Buwembo, Ian G Munabi and Stephen C Kijjambu
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:250
  32. Belarus has a focused HIV epidemic concentrated among injecting drug users, female sex workers and men who have sex with men. However, until 2008, Belarus had no way of evaluating HIV spending priorities. In 2...

    Authors: Valentina I Kachan, Alena I Tkachova, Eleanora Gvozdeva, Ilona Urbanovich, Anna Yakusik, Peter Amico and Carlos Avila-Figueroa
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:248
  33. Dendritic cells (DCs) can take up an array of different antigens, including microorganisms which they can process and present more effectively than any other antigen presenting cell. However, whether the inter...

    Authors: Adane Mihret, Gezahagne Mamo, Mesfin Tafesse, Asrat Hailu and Shreemanta Parida
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:247
  34. Gene targeting by homologous recombination using recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) is becoming a useful tool for basic research and therapeutic applications due to the remarkably high targeting frequen...

    Authors: Yonglun Luo, Lars Bolund and Charlotte B Sørensen
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:246
  35. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is essential for mitochondrial energy production and serves as an antioxidants in extra mitochondrial membranes. The genetics of primary CoQ10 deficiency has been described in several studies...

    Authors: Alexandra Fischer, Constance Schmelzer, Gerald Rimbach, Petra Niklowitz, Thomas Menke and Frank Döring
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:245
  36. Tensioning of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction grafts affects the clinical outcome of the procedure. As yet, no consensus has been reached regarding the optimum initial tension in an ACL graft. ...

    Authors: Barry J O'Neill, Fergus J Byrne, Kieran M Hirpara, William F Brennan, Peter E McHugh and William Curtin
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:244
  37. cAMP is a ubiquitous second messenger involved in a wide spectrum of cellular processes including gene transcription, cell proliferation, and axonal pathfinding. Precise spatiotemporal manipulation and monitor...

    Authors: Kwan Pyo Hong, Nicholas C Spitzer and Xavier Nicol
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:241
  38. Fatigue can be triggered by previous perceived stress which may lead to impairment of performance and function. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between fatigue and perceived stress.

    Authors: Rüya D Kocalevent, Andreas Hinz, Elmar Brähler and Burghard F Klapp
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2011 4:238

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